LASR Project: Noah Fisk ’15 “Psychopharmacology and Behavior”
“My LASR project pertained to the biochemistry of the brain and how psychopharmacology influences people’s personalities and behavior.” Read more about Noah Fisk’s LASR project here.
“The human brain is by far the most incredible object we as a species have come into contact with. Scientists are still struggling to replicate the brain power of humans in computers. This is fascinating to me. Because all thought, feeling, and perception are derived from our brain, it could be considered to be one of the most important parts of our lives. Philosophical questions such as the meaning of life and the purpose of existence can be traced back to this. Basically everything is dependant on our brain. Furthermore, it’s important to understand that all of your thoughts and emotions can be brought down to a basic level of simple chemical and electrical processes of neurons. It is a grounding realization; these very complex concepts are more simple and even almost predictable than you could imagine,” wrote Noah.
I studied basic anatomy of the brain, several different types of neurotransmitters, and took some time to do some in depth research on the brain stem. I did a brief overview of clinical psychology and learned about two mental disorders: bipolar and schizophrenia. Finally I looked into emotions and their anatomical and biochemical properties.
This course was driven by me with Ryan Aldrich (The White Mountain School’s College Counselor) there to track progress and help me set up logistics (scheduling when things were due, breaking down the semester, etc). It ended up working perfectly in the end because my basic knowledge (layout of brain & neurotransmitters) fit together well with my ‘clinical’ section of research. I really enjoy psychology because it seems to be the most important part of our lives; what’s in our own heads. Psychology, especially clinical/therapeutic, is really a selfless field – it is entirely based on helping others.
I will most definitely carry this into the future and most likely major in psychology (specifically psychiatry).
Thank you, Noah, for sharing news of your LASR Project with us!
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